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Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
August 2019 Newsletter
It’s hard to believe August is upon us. Kids and teachers will be heading back to school soon. I will be heading to France for my daughter Amber’s wedding from July 24-August 4. I will be back in the office on August 5th. Rebecca will be in the office to help you with supplements you need while I’m gone and to set up appointments for when I return. Don’t wait until I’m back to schedule because you might have a hard time getting in.
In the June newsletter, I covered a lot about brain healing from the Dr. Kharrazian Neuroinflammation seminar I attended in May. In it I outlined the nutrients that help your brain. Below is from a recent email from Dr. K:
If your brain is not working like it used to, don't wait for it to get better on its own. It won't. I'm not telling you this to scare you, but to motivate you — the brain is extremely responsive to rehabilitation. But while there is a lot of hope, there is also a point of no return. If you suffer from brain fog, reduced cognitive abilities, fatigue, or memory loss, you might want to learn about how to take better care of your brain. If you see a classic neurologist and complain of symptoms, you may get an MRI. While an MRI is a valuable diagnostic tool, significant tissue damage has to occur before the MRI can show anything conclusive. What happens to those patients whose damage isn't extensive but still causing significant symptoms? They are typically told to go home and come back when their symptoms are worse.
The problem is once your brain is that far gone, it's too late to reverse the damage. (Dr. Datis Kharrazian email)
If you want more information, please read the June 2019 email posted on www.drcraigreese.com.
One MD’s take on Antidepressants
Dr. Frank Shallenberger posted this recently:
Big Pharma absolutely wants everyone to be convinced that they have some kind of disorder that requires a drug. Whether it’s social anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, traveling disorder, adjustment disorder, even arthritis and back pain, whatever, it doesn’t matter. Unless you are the most complete person in the universe, the odds are good that Big Pharma has a psychoactive drug for you.
Just for kicks, go look at www.depression-guide.com. This site lists all of the psychological disorders that they have invented so far. There are over 120 disorders listed there! And there’s no way that you don’t have at least a few of them. My personal favorite is “conduct disorder.”…
Do you eat too much? You have compulsive eating disorder, and you need either Topamax or an SSRI. Are you too shy? You have avoidance personality disorder, and you need to take a tranquilizer and/or an SSRI. Are you too self-centered? It’s not your fault. You have narcissistic personality disorder, and you either need an antidepressant, an antipsychotic, or a mood stabilizer. I’m not kidding about this. The list goes on and on.
…Oh, you’re tired, stressed out, can’t think, and don’t have enough energy. Well, you obviously have a bad case of attention deficit disorder. And you need to take speed. That’s right, amphetamine. Doctors are actually now dealing out speed! That’s what happened with a healthy, strong young man that I just saw recently.
Did he help him deal with his stress? No. Did he clean up his high-sugar diet or offer him supplements that would help his body hold up under stress? No. His doctor gave him a disorder diagnosis, and then proceeded to make him addicted to an amphetamine called Adderall. Many recreational drug users call amphetamines “speed” because they are stimulants that increase focus and decrease fatigue and appetite. Yes, doctors prescribe “speed” for just about everyone these days (even children). Once again, I am not kidding. This healthy man became addicted to speed under his doctor’s orders.
Big Pharma and conventional doctors have now defined every emotional issue humans have as being a particular disorder. And, not surprisingly, there are approved medications for each “disorder.” Coincidentally, almost all of these medications are addictive.
According to the same site, “Psychological Disorders are very common in the United States and across the world. According to the survey and other population estimates, 26.2% of Americans above the age of 18 — which is about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. This comes down to a whopping figure of 57.7 million people as per 2004.” You might not think you need a drug, but there is a 26.2% chance you do, according to Big Pharma. These so-called mental disorders are now the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada.
The Problem With SSRIs
The drugs that are most prescribed for these disorders are the SSRIs. The SSRIs are the class of drugs that includes Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, Luvox, Lexapro, and …Cymbalta. An article in Psychology Today detailed some eye-popping facts about the misuse or overuse of SSRIs.
According to the article, “Researchers at the Rand Corporation in 2002 surveyed close to 700 adults who had received a prescription for an antidepressant. Of those who reported receiving the medication for depression, just 20% tested positive when screened for the disease. Fewer than 30% of those receiving the medication had any depressive symptoms at all.”
Or to put it another way, more than 80% of patients in the survey presented no actual need for antidepressant treatment. How about that? More than 80% of the people taking these drugs don’t need to be on them even by Big Pharma standards! But it gets worse. The numbers are climbing as we speak. Another report says that close to 5,000 Americans start taking an SSRI every day.
…With little scientific justification, the American Psychiatric Association and the drug companies defined hundreds of conditions — among them shyness and other normal human conditions — as psychiatric disorders that they considered treatable with drugs…According to The Yale University Press, these psychiatrists “revised and greatly expanded the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short), from what had been a thin, spiral-bound handbook of mental disorders into a hefty tome. Almost overnight the number of diagnoses exploded. The result was a windfall for the pharmaceutical industry and a massive conflict of interest for psychiatry at large.”
…If you have a strong stomach, and you really want to know the full extent of this drug scam, then watch the three-hour documentary, “The Marketing of Madness.” This exposé goes into painful detail of all the facts in perhaps one of the greatest swindles ever foisted on the American public. All the facts are there. You can watch it for free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFkivsEy3CI.